VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga should retract his allegations that a Dubai-based printing company printed ballot papers for the February, 2016 Uganda general elections, says PF member of central committee Paul Moonga.
Mr Moonga said Dr. Mwaanga, who is a diplomat and a seasoned politician, deliberately misled Zambians. Therefore, it was his duty to verify reports before alarming the public with a ‘‘concoction of blue lies’’.
He said it was surprising that despite the truth being established that the ballot papers were not printed by Algurairi Printing and Publishing House of Dubai, Dr. Mwaanga has conveniently kept quiet.
Mr Moonga said at the party secretariat media briefing yesterday in Lusaka that the statement had more impact and far-reaching consequences even if it was misleading.
‘‘Dr. Mwaanga knows very well that his lies might have been deeper than the subsequent clarifications,’’ he charged.
He further added that the subject matter he (Dr. Mwaanga) had chosen for his ‘‘mischievous type of politics” was very sensitive and he should reflect on the issue.
Mr. Moonga challenged Dr. Mwaanga to be bold enough and reverse his lies.
Mr. Moonga said he supported the call by President Edgar Lungu that the opposition should boycott the elections and leave the race to those who had confidence in the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
He wondered how UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema could change his stance after saying during the stakeholders’ meeting organised by ECZ that he had confidence in the Commission but later condemned their decision to choose a printer of the election ballots.
And Mr. Moonga condemned a statement allegedly made by the Norwegian Ambassador to Zambia Arve Ofstad that it was pointless to keep funding a country that could not manage its own resources, saying it was careless and urged the diplomat to guard against issuing pro-opposition statements next time.
He said Ambassador Ofstad needed to understand that Zambia had the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was responsible to receive such presentations for further action, hence PF found it strange that the diplomat could go to the media to air such a matter without considering the on-going election campaigns.